Comic Creator

Greg & Tim Hildebrandt

(b. 21 January 1939 & 21 January 1939 - 11 June 2006, USA)  United States

Greg & Tim  Hildebrandt

Lord of the Rings, by Greg and Tim Hildebrandt
Lord of the Rings

The twin brothers Greg and Tim Hildebrandt are two illustrators, known for their collective science-fiction and fantasy art. They are best known for their illustration work on J.R.R. Tolkien's 'The Lord of the Rings'. They gained a reputation for being able to imitate any style. Educated at the Meinzinger School of Art in Detroit, Greg and Tim drew children's books and record album covers until 1975, when they responded to a request for artists who would like to draw a 'Lord of the Rings' calendar for Ballantine Books. They got the job and did three calendars for Ballantine, and they wrote and illustrated their own fantasy epic 'Urshurak'.

The Emerald Seven, by Hildebrandt
The Emerald Seven (Frank Frazetta Fantasy Illustrated)

The reputation of the Hildebrandt brothers grew further when they created the original 'Star Wars' movie poster in 1977. Greg and Tim split up in the 1980s, each pursuing independent careers as artists. They merged again in 1992 and continued doing commercial art and paintings of fantasy and comic book heroes, such as 'Harry Potter' and 'Spider-Man'.

Terry and the Pirates by Milton Caniff
Terry and the Pirates (18/5/1995)

In March 1995 the Hildebrandt brothers worked with Michael Uslan on a revival of Milton Caniff's classic 'Terry and the Pirates' strip. They were replaced in April of the following year. Tim Hildebrandt died on 11 June 2006 at the age of 67 due to diabetes.

Spiderman, by Greg and Tim Hildebrandt

Spiderwebart Gallery

Last updated: 2012-04-13

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